In this session I will discuss the most important things I have learned from living with a disability, and how these things have made me a strong developer.
As a person with cerebral palsy, everything I do in life is met with physical challenges. Whether it be typing, opening a door, or tying my shoes - everyday tasks require some creative problem solving to complete. This ability to problem solve has made me a strong developer who provides value through tackling the most complicated tasks on a project.
In the last year I have also faced extreme challenges around mental health. After having a short hospitalization related to this, I have been working hard on admitting when I need help. This shift in how I face problems has taught me how to listen to what my body and mind are saying to me. More importantly it has taught me what to do when my support system isn’t available.
Matthew RamirSenior Web Developer @ Bounteous
Matthew is a product of Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood and very proud of it. He cultivated his passion for website development while apprenticing with a former computer science teacher in high school. He is a jack-of-all-trades, employing his skills in back-end development, server management, database management, and front-end development to expertly tackle a wide-range of client projects. Matthew stayed local to earn a degree in computer science from the University of Illinois in Chicago and has been working with Drupal since his graduation in 2013. He is also an Acquia Certified Grand Master.